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The resurrection of Mary Magdalene : legends, apocrypha, and the Christian testament
Schaberg, Jane.
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New York : Continuum, [2002]

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379 pages ; 24 cm
Virginia Woolf and Mary Magdalene: thinking back through the Magdalene -- Meditations at Migdal -- Silence, conflation, distortion, legends -- The woman who understood (too) completely: the gnostic/apocryphal Magdalene -- The Christian testament's Mary Magdalene: scholarly versions, explorations, erasures -- Converging possibilities -- Mary Magdalene as successor to Jesus.
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The companion to Allister Sparks's award-winning The Mind of South Africa , this book is an extraordinary account from South Africa's premier journalist of the negotiating process that led to majority rule. Tomorrow is Another Country retells the story of the behind-the-scenes collaborations that started with a meeting between Kobie Coetsee, then minister of justice, and Nelson Mandela in 1985. By 1986, negotiations involved senior government officials, intelligence agents, and the African National Congress. For the next four years, they assembled in places such as a gamepark lodge, the Palace Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland, a fishing hideaway, and even in a hospital room. All the while, De Klerk's campaign assured white constituents nothing would change. Sparks shows how the key players, who began with little reason to trust one another, developed friendships which would later play a crucial role in South Africa's struggle to end apartheid.

"A gripping, fast-paced, authoritative account of the long and mostly secret negotiations that brought South Africa's bitter conflict to its near-miraculous end. Sparks's description of these talks sometimes brings a lump to one's throat. He shows how the participants' deep mutual suspicion was gradually replaced by excitement at the prospect of making a momentous agreement--and also by the dawning realization that the people on the other side were human beings, perhaps even decent human beings."--Adam Hochschild, New York Times Book Review

"A splendid and original history. . . . Sparks's skillful weaving of myriad strands--Mandela's secret sessions with the committee, the clandestine talks in England between the African National Congress and the government, the back-channel communications between Mandela and the A.N.C. in exile, the trepidation of Botha and the apparent transformation of his successor, De Klerk--possesses the drama and intrigue of a diplomatic whodunit."--Richard Stengel, Time

"Sparks offers many reasons for hope, but the most profound of them is the story this book tells."--Jacob Weisberg, Washington Post

"The most riveting of the many [accounts] that have been published about the end of apartheid."-- The Economist

Author Notes

Jane Schaberg is Professor of Religious Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy.

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Library Journal Review

Schaberg (The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke) moves from contemporary feminist concerns, through the vast array of legend, apocryphal writing, and biblical reverberations, back to the "real" Mary Magdalene. She concludes that Magdalene was denigrated because she was a powerful woman, close to Jesus and perhaps to John the Baptist as well. At the same time, Schaberg searches for antecedents of the empty tomb and stories of John 20, in which Jesus appears to Magdalene: these she finds in the ascension of Elijah in 2 Kings 2, an association that suggests that Magdalene was Jesus' Elisha. Schaberg combines biblical scholarship, imagination, and feminist advocacy into a major work of methodological originality that reveals pervasive themes, such as the silencing of women who question the patriarchy. While there are numerous recent works on Mary Magdalene, Schaberg's book breaks new ground and is recommended for all libraries; required for seminary and feminist collections. Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The purpose of this provocative new book is to try to resurrect (i.e., to rediscover; note the ironic title) Mary Magdalene's original role as Jesus' intended immediate successor. Schaberg (Univ. of Detroit Mercy), author of the controversial The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives (1987), employs not only the traditional scholarly historical-critical method and literary criticism to exegete available biblical texts and Gnostic literature, but also feminist criticism. She attempts to reconstruct the sources behind John 20, whose biblical allusions may derive from Jewish mystical or apocalyptic literature (cf. Dan 7; 12; 2 Kings 2). According to the author, vestiges of that message can be seen in the Christian Testament and Gnostic literature (e.g., The Gospel of Peter, the Gospel of Mary), despite attempts by orthodox Christianity over the centuries to eliminate it by downgrading and reinterpreting Mary Magdalene's original role. The literary evidence is, however, tantalizingly scant. The author's hypothetical reconstruction of the sources remains simply that--a guess. This book is recommended for college and university libraries with comprehensive feminist criticism collections. Suitable for upper-division undergraduates through professionals. P. C. W. Murray independent scholar

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Chapter 1 Virginia Woolf and Mary Magdalene: Thinking Back through the Magdalenep. 21
Chapter 2 Meditations at Migdalp. 47
Chapter 3 Silence, Conflation, Distortion, Legendsp. 65
Chapter 4 The Woman Who Understood (Too) Completely: The Gnostic/Apocryphal Mary Magdalenep. 121
Chapter 5 The Christian Testament's Mary Magdalene: Scholarly Versions, Explorations, Erasuresp. 204
Chapter 6 Christian Testament Converging Possibilitiesp. 254
Chapter 7 Mary Magdalene as Successor to Jesusp. 300
Appendix A Works That Mention Mary Magdalene, Not Found at Nag Hammadip. 357
Appendix B 1 Enoch 70-71p. 360
Appendix C The Human Onep. 363
Indexp. 367